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freeflyin

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Alright all, I am sick of not being able to catch bass when I see them in the water and see them rising. I went down to the park right outside of Albany on Hwy. 20 and fished tonight for about an hour using a white and black popper, a large October Caddis, and (this may land me in hell) a rubber worm. Nothing was biting and there were bass everywhere. It was extremely frustrating and would love some help flyfishing for bass on the willie. Thanks guys and gals,
troy
 
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Hey freeflyin, you mentioned you saw them rising. Did you notice anything on the water they might have been eating?
 
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I noticed there were a couple of hatches out there at the time. There were bugs everywhere; caddis, mayflys, etc. It was a pretty typical evening hatch but everything I know about bass is that they like big and disruptive patterns. I tried a popper and a leech pattern and the cheating rubber worm. I even tried a large oct. caddis imitation. I'm not 100% sure that all of the rising fish were bass but I'm assuming a good amount of them were, I also saw bass in the water as well. Anyhow, any help you can give me would be much appreciated. Thanks all,
troy
 
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Perhaps the fish were clewing in on the emergers just below the surface. I don't know much about the eating behavior of bass, but with trout the subsurface bug is the easier grab. If you can match it up, use floating line and let the fly sink for about ten seconds then retrieve in with slow, agonizing 2" strips. Or better yet, I'll bet a bass'll take a soft hackle. Try soft hackles with 4" retrieves like this: 1..pause..1.2.pause 1..pause 1.2.3. pause etc. If the fish are as active as you say then you'll have one on every cast once you find out what works. :)
 
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Help with BASS on a fly!!!

Help with BASS on a fly!!!

I've been watching a show on Verizon FIOS TV called "The New Flyfisher". They have had several segments where they have been flyfishing for bass. If you can get someone to record one of the shows it will be very informative. It's my favorite show on TV. It comes on the WFN channel 317 or HD channel 597.

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Baaaaaaassssssssssss

Baaaaaaassssssssssss

Thanks for the advice fellas. I will try switching up my patterns some more and varying my strip. I have also watched some fly fishing for bass shows but most of the time they are on a lake which is just different than fishing on the willie as you know. thanks all,
troy
 
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I didn't know bass were so smart? :lol:
I've never had a problem getting pond largemouth to eat anything that pops and creates havoc on top water. Big purple leeches with heavy lead heads work well for me, and big poppers in green. But fishing the river is a lot different i guess... I'd go with a crawdad pattern.
 
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My family used to camp at Davis Lake a lot before the fire. I was thinking of heading back this year and finding a new camping spot. This is a fly fishing only lake with, as I understand it, a growing bass population.

Has anyone fly fished for bass before? Anyone fished Davis? Any suggesions?
 
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I've only flyfished for Bass in rivers, not in lakes. Used poppers. worked great!
 
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The fly fishing in Davis is outstanding! You have two options really, either fish BIG leeches or fish BIG poppers. The average bass is about 5 pounds so come prepared. A 5 weight will not cut it here. Please release those fish though the last few years the populations have been decimated. I've seen guys gut buckets full of bass between 5 and 7 pounds.
 
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The fly fishing in Davis is outstanding! You have two options really, either fish BIG leeches or fish BIG poppers. The average bass is about 5 pounds so come prepared. A 5 weight will not cut it here. Please release those fish though the last few years the populations have been decimated. I've seen guys gut buckets full of bass between 5 and 7 pounds.

I'm a bass fisherman too and I release all my bass as I would in Davis also but Davis used to be a nationally recognized trout fishery that was destroyed by the illegal introduction of bass. Personally I think they made their way to Davis from Crane Prairie. There's been some discussion on what to do to get rid of the bass. I bet those guys with the buckets of bass are trying to rid Davis of the bass. For the last two years there's been an article in the Eugene Register Guard encouraging people to do just that. Rid Davis of it's bass population.
 
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There's been some discussion on what to do to get rid of the bass. I bet those guys with the buckets of bass are trying to rid Davis of the bass. For the last two years there's been an article in the Eugene Register Guard encouraging people to do just that. Rid Davis of it's bass population.

Hmm... From what I've read, that's a source of some contention... whether the bass are destroying the lake or helping control the tui chub...

However, I'm willing to do my part to toe the line and eat just a couple of them rather than buckets full... :lol:
 
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The last couple years they have electro-shocked the lake and relocated the bass to prineville res and fireman pond. I prefer that method to killing them off, personally. It's been affective too. I've pulled some nice bass out of prineville after that!
 
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I was thinking of making a trip to Davis Lake this Spring to target bass. With them electro-shocking the lake is it still worth making a trip to chase the bass around with my fly rod? Thanks.
 
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I was thinking of making a trip to Davis Lake this Spring to target bass. With them electro-shocking the lake is it still worth making a trip to chase the bass around with my fly rod? Thanks.

I'm not sure but since I always fish at Wickiup I plan on giving Davis a try this year targeting bass too.
 
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The last couple years they have electro-shocked the lake and relocated the bass to prineville res and fireman pond. I prefer that method to killing them off, personally. It's been affective too. I've pulled some nice bass out of prineville after that!

That's cool I guess. I'd rather they just leave it alone. It is what it is. If you think about it, the brown trout aren't native either, so what's the difference?
 
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Hmm... From what I've read, that's a source of some contention... whether the bass are destroying the lake or helping control the tui chub...

However, I'm willing to do my part to toe the line and eat just a couple of them rather than buckets full... :lol:

Yeah, I don't know if they are destroying the lake or not. I think it's a matter of opinion. I'm sure the trout fly fisherman that remember Davis before the bass came along would think the bass ruined Davis. On the other hand the bass fisherman probably think otherwise. Myself, I'm a trout and bass fisherman and I think it's kind of sad but awesome at the same time.
 
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